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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017

Idaho is Nation’s Fastest-Growing State, Census Bureau Reports

Release Number: CB17-210

DEC. 20, 2017 — Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates released today.

Following Idaho for the largest percentage increases in population were: Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah (1.9 percent), Washington (1.7 percent), and Florida along with Arizona (1.6 percent).

“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” said Luke Rogers, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch.

The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, representing a 0.72 percent increase to 325.7 million. Furthermore, the population of voting-age residents (adults age 18 and over) grew to 252.1 million (77.4 percent of the 2017 total population), an increase of 0.93 percent from 2016 (249.5 million). Net international migration decreased 1.8 percent between 2016 and 2017, making it the first drop since 2012-2013. However, net international migration continues to be a significant factor in the population growth of the United States, adding just over 1.1 million people in the last year.

Eight states lost population between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017. Illinois had the largest numeric decline, losing 33,703 people (this was a relatively small percentage change compared to its population of 12.8 million). Wyoming had the largest percentage decline (1.0 percent). Three states that had been losing population in the previous year, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont, saw slight increases.

States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth. In 2017, 38.0 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.8 percent lived in the West.

In addition to the population estimates for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the new estimates show that Puerto Rico had an estimated population of 3.3 million, a decline from 3.4 million in 2016.

The estimates for Puerto Rico are as of July 1, 2017, and therefore do not reflect the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. The estimates for Gulf states affected by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017 are also not reflected in the July 1, 2017, estimates.

Also released today were national-and state-level estimates of the components of population change, which include tables on births, deaths and migration.

Top 10 Most Populous States: 2017

Rank

Name

2010

2016

2017

1

California

37,254,518

39,296,476

39,536,653

2

Texas

25,146,100

27,904,862

28,304,596

3

Florida

18,804,594

20,656,589

20,984,400

4

New York

19,378,110

19,836,286

19,849,399

5

Pennsylvania

12,702,857

12,787,085

12,805,537

6

Illinois

12,831,565

12,835,726

12,802,023

7

Ohio

11,536,730

11,622,554

11,658,609

8

Georgia

9,688,690

10,313,620

10,429,379

9

North Carolina

9,535,721

10,156,689

10,273,419

10

Michigan

9,884,129

9,933,445

9,962,311


Top 10 States in Numeric Growth: 2016 to 2017

Rank

Name

2010

2016

2017

Numeric growth

1

Texas

25,146,100

27,904,862

28,304,596

399,734

2

Florida

18,804,594

20,656,589

20,984,400

327,811

3

California

37,254,518

39,296,476

39,536,653

240,177

4

Washington

6,724,545

7,280,934

7,405,743

124,809

5

North Carolina

9,535,721

10,156,689

10,273,419

116,730

6

Georgia

9,688,690

10,313,620

10,429,379

115,759

7

Arizona

6,392,309

6,908,642

7,016,270

107,628

8

Colorado

5,029,325

5,530,105

5,607,154

77,049

9

Tennessee

6,346,295

6,649,404

6,715,984

66,580

10

South Carolina

4,625,381

4,959,822

5,024,369

64,547


Top 10 States in Percentage Growth: 2016 to 2017

Rank

Name

2010

2016

2017

Percent growth

1

Idaho

1,567,650

1,680,026

1,716,943

2.2

2

Nevada

2,700,691

2,939,254

2,998,039

2.0

3

Utah

2,763,889

3,044,321

3,101,833

1.9

4

Washington

6,724,545

7,280,934

7,405,743

1.7

5

Florida

18,804,594

20,656,589

20,984,400

1.6

6

Arizona

6,392,309

6,908,642

7,016,270

1.6

7

Texas

25,146,100

27,904,862

28,304,596

1.4

8

District of Columbia

601,766

684,336

693,972

1.4

9

Colorado

5,029,325

5,530,105

5,607,154

1.4

10

Oregon

3,831,072

4,085,989

4,142,776

1.4

During 2018, the Census Bureau will release estimates of the 2017 population of counties, cities and towns, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. Population estimates for Puerto Rico and its municipios by age and sex will be released as well.

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Table 3. Estimates of Resident Population Change for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico
and Region and State Rankings: July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017 (states/territories with population of less than 1 million highlighted or bolded.)
Population Estimate 
(as of July 1)
Change, 2016 to 2017 National Ranking of Regions and States
Population Estimate 
(as of July 1)
Change, 2016 to 2017
2016 2017 Number Percent 2016 2017 Number Percent
United States 323,405,935 325,719,178 2,313,243 0.7 (X) (X) (X) (X)
Northeast 56,359,360 56,470,581 111,221 0.2 4 4 4 4
Midwest 67,978,168 68,179,351 201,183 0.3 3 3 3 3
South 122,423,457 123,658,624 1,235,167 1.0 1 1 1 1
West 76,644,950 77,410,622 765,672 1.0 2 2 2 2
.Alabama 4,860,545 4,874,747 14,202 0.3 24 24 29 34
.Alaska 741,522 739,795 -1,727 -0.2 48 48 47 48
.Arizona 6,908,642 7,016,270 107,628 1.6 14 14 7 6
.Arkansas 2,988,231 3,004,279 16,048 0.5 32 32 27 23
.California 39,296,476 39,536,653 240,177 0.6 1 1 3 21
.Colorado 5,530,105 5,607,154 77,049 1.4 21 21 8 9
.Connecticut 3,587,685 3,588,184 499 - 29 29 42 43
.Delaware 952,698 961,939 9,241 1.0 45 45 35 16
.District of Columbia 684,336 693,972 9,636 1.4 49 49 34 8
.Florida 20,656,589 20,984,400 327,811 1.6 3 3 2 5
.Georgia 10,313,620 10,429,379 115,759 1.1 8 8 6 14
.Hawaii 1,428,683 1,427,538 -1,145 -0.1 40 40 45 47
.Idaho 1,680,026 1,716,943 36,917 2.2 39 39 16 1
.Illinois 12,835,726 12,802,023 -33,703 -0.3 5 6 51 49
.Indiana 6,634,007 6,666,818 32,811 0.5 17 17 19 25
.Iowa 3,130,869 3,145,711 14,842 0.5 30 30 28 26
.Kansas 2,907,731 2,913,123 5,392 0.2 35 35 39 38
.Kentucky 4,436,113 4,454,189 18,076 0.4 26 26 26 29
.Louisiana 4,686,157 4,684,333 -1,824 - 25 25 48 45
.Maine 1,330,232 1,335,907 5,675 0.4 42 42 38 28
.Maryland 6,024,752 6,052,177 27,425 0.5 19 19 21 27
.Massachusetts 6,823,721 6,859,819 36,098 0.5 15 15 17 24
.Michigan 9,933,445 9,962,311 28,866 0.3 10 10 20 35
.Minnesota 5,525,050 5,576,606 51,556 0.9 22 22 15 18
.Mississippi 2,985,415 2,984,100 -1,315 - 33 34 46 46
.Missouri 6,091,176 6,113,532 22,356 0.4 18 18 24 31
.Montana 1,038,656 1,050,493 11,837 1.1 44 44 32 13
.Nebraska 1,907,603 1,920,076 12,473 0.7 37 37 31 20
.Nevada 2,939,254 2,998,039 58,785 2.0 34 33 11 2
.New Hampshire 1,335,015 1,342,795 7,780 0.6 41 41 37 22
.New Jersey 8,978,416 9,005,644 27,228 0.3 11 11 22 33
.New Mexico 2,085,432 2,088,070 2,638 0.1 36 36 40 40
.New York 19,836,286 19,849,399 13,113 0.1 4 4 30 41
.North Carolina 10,156,689 10,273,419 116,730 1.1 9 9 5 12
.North Dakota 755,548 755,393 -155 - 47 47 44 44
.Ohio 11,622,554 11,658,609 36,055 0.3 7 7 18 32
.Oklahoma 3,921,207 3,930,864 9,657 0.2 28 28 33 36
.Oregon 4,085,989 4,142,776 56,787 1.4 27 27 13 10
.Pennsylvania 12,787,085 12,805,537 18,452 0.1 6 5 25 39
.Rhode Island 1,057,566 1,059,639 2,073 0.2 43 43 41 37
.South Carolina 4,959,822 5,024,369 64,547 1.3 23 23 10 11
.South Dakota 861,542 869,666 8,124 0.9 46 46 36 17
.Tennessee 6,649,404 6,715,984 66,580 1.0 16 16 9 15
.Texas 27,904,862 28,304,596 399,734 1.4 2 2 1 7
.Utah 3,044,321 3,101,833 57,512 1.9 31 31 12 3
.Vermont 623,354 623,657 303 - 50 50 43 42
.Virginia 8,414,380 8,470,020 55,640 0.7 12 12 14 19
.Washington 7,280,934 7,405,743 124,809 1.7 13 13 4 4
.West Virginia 1,828,637 1,815,857 -12,780 -0.7 38 38 50 50
.Wisconsin 5,772,917 5,795,483 22,566 0.4 20 20 23 30
.Wyoming 584,910 579,315 -5,595 -1.0 51 51 49 51
Puerto Rico 3,406,520 3,337,177 -69,343 -3.9 (X) (X) (X) (X)
Dash (-) represents zero or rounds to zero.
(X) Not applicable.
Note: The estimates are based on the 2010 Census and reflect changes to the April 1, 2010 population due to the Count Question Resolution program and geographic program revisions. See Geographic Terms and Definitions at http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/guidance-geographies/terms-and-definitions.html for a list of the states that are included in each region.  All geographic boundaries for the 2017 population estimates series except statistical area delineations are as of January 1, 2017.  For population estimates methodology statements, seehttp://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology.html.
Suggested Citation:
Table 3. Estimates of Resident Population Change for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico and Region and State Rankings: July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017 (NST-EST2017-03)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2017

 

 
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